MATH1131 Mathematics 1A

MATH1131 is a Level I Mathematics course. See the course overview below.

Units of credit: 6

Assumed knowledge: A combined mark of at least 100 in HSC Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.

Exclusions: MATH1011, MATH1031, MATH1141, MATH1151, ECON1202, ECON2291.

Cycle of offering: Yearly in Semester 1 and Semester 2

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

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The sequel to MATH1131 is MATH1231 Mathematics 1B. MATH1131 and MATH1231 (alternatively their higher versions MATH1141 and MATH1241) are recommended courses for Mathematics and Statistics majors and are prerequisites for many Level II and III courses.

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Course Overview

MATH1131 is divided into two broad areas: Algebra and Calculus.

In Algebra you will study the interplay between algebra and geometry. After a discussion of complex numbers, vector geometry is used to motivate the study of systems of linear equations. Algebraic techniques involving matrices and determinants are then developed to study these problems further.

In Calculus, you will study continuous and differentiable functions. The emphasis here is on a logical development of the theory of differentiation and integration. The highlight of the course is one of the great discoveries of Science: the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus which links calculation of areas (integration) and rates of change (differentiation).

A wide variety of disciplines, including the physical sciences, engineering and commerce and economics, make use of the techniques discussed in this course.